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How to Remove Websearch.a-searchpage.info Redirect?

 

Always being redirected to websearch.a-searchpage.info when launching your web browser? Get annoyed by the ads on this site? Want to get rid of this computer infection? Then follow this step by step instruction provided in this post to remove this nasty browser hijacker.

 

What Is Websearch.a-searchpage.info Redirect?

 

Websearch.a-searchpage.info is a browser hijacker that infects popular web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once installed on your computer, it will change the homepage of your installed browser to http://websearch.a-searchpage.info and the default search engine too.

Websearch.a-searchpage.info looks like a legitimate search engine resembling Google. It displays different ads every time you landing on this website. If you search on this website, the search result will be redirect to SmartShopping.com and many third-parties’ ads and sponsored links are presented in the search result. When you hover over these ads, a sample page of these sponsors’ official websites will be demonstrated on the right side of the browser.

The screenshot of websearch.a-searchpage.info:

Websearch.a-searchpage.info

 

Ads that presented on Websearch.a-searchpage.info:

ad-1 ad-2 ad-3

 

A sample of search result on websearch.a-searchpage.info:

Websearch.a-searchpage.info-search result

It may collect your search terms from your search queries and the personal information you filled when you sign in on any websites, let alone your credit card information.

 

How Did Websearch.a-searchpage.info Get on Your Computer?

 

Normally, users may acquire Websearch.a-searchpage.info redirect when installing freeware like download manager, PDF creator and video recording/streaming. You should be cautious when you install free software, because often the installation includes optional of setting Websearch.a-searchpage.info as my homepage and default search engine. Always opt for Custom Installation/Advanced Installation that you can choose what to install. Spam email is a method to spread such malware. Please don’t open the attachments from suspicious email address and don’t click the links contained in such emails.

 

How to Remove Websearch.a-searchpage.info Redirect?

 

Method 1 Automatically remove Websearch.a-searchpage.info redirect

 

Step 1 Modify browser settings with Anvi Slim Toolbar

 

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link: http://www.anvisoft.com/software/ast/

2. Go to Browser Repair tab, and select the Browser you are going to repair.

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair

3. Set the homepage to your preferred websites and select a desired search engine, then click on Repair button.

Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1

 

Step 2 Scan and remove malicious toolbar

 

1. Back to the main interface of Anvi Slim Toolbar and go to Manage tab.

It will scan and list the extensions and add-ons on your installed web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome).

Anvi Slim Toolbar

2. Check the unwanted extensions and add-ons and hit Remove button.

Anvi Slim Toolbar-manage

 

Step 3 Clean the useless registry entries and residual files

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean

 

Method 2 Manually remove Websearch.a-searchpage.info redirect 

 

Step 1 Remove applications that related to Websearch.a-searchpage.info from Control Panel

 

Windows 7/Vista: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → locate any suspicious application and unwanted program → Click on Uninstall button or double click the program’s icon

Windows XP: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate any suspicious application and unwanted program → Click on Remove button

 

Step 2 Check and reset your browser settings

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

 

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

IE-Internet Options

2. To change homepage: hit General tab in the menu → replace http://www.websearch.a-searchpage.info with a preferred domain like http://www.google.com/ or choose Use default

ie-homepage

3. To reset search provider: click on Settings button under Search tab to get Manage Add-on window → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click the unwanted search engine → select Remove → click Apply to complete the setting

ie-search engine-1

IE-search provider

 

Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.

ie-reset

4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox buttonon the upper left corner of the browser → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

2. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate the unwanted search engine → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider from the menu

firefox-search engine

 

Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.

firefox-reset-1

2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.

firefox-reset-2

3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.

 

For Google Chrome Users:

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

1. To remove websearch.a-searchpage.info from the startup page: hit Set pages → remove websearch.a-searchpage.info by clicking the cross at the end of the bar

chrome set pages

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to google.com or any other webs you desire

Chrome-change homepage

3. To reset default search engine: Select Google from the list under Search → hit Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove the unwanted search engine from the list

chrome search engine

 

Step 3 Block websearch.a-searchpage.info with Anvi Ad Blocker

Anvi Ad Blocker is developed to block malicious ads, pop-ups, and protect your PC from harmful sites. You can also add the URL of websites that you don’t like to its Blacklist. It will block the websites that you listed in the Blacklist.

1. Download and install Anvi Ad Blocker

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/adbupgrade.php

2. Add the URL websearch.a-searchpage.info to the blacklist of Anvi Ad Blocker

Launch Anvi Ad Blocker → click More on the top right corner of the window → select Settings in the drop-down menu → select Blacklist tab → hit Add URL → type www.websearch.a-searchpage.info in the white area → click Add button → close the Add New URL interface → click Apply to save the setting → hit OK complete the setting

anvi ad blocker blacklist

3. Keep Anvi Ad Blocker ON when surfing the Internet
Now you can enjoy a safe and clean online environment.